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such as china help keep labor costs low but demands for better treatment is rising and singaporians are struggling to agree on a response. nhk world's mark ho has this report. >> reporter: 171 chinese bus drivers wept on strike last month. they were unhappy over a disparity in pay rise compared to other workers. the walkout was the first in 26 years in singapore which has soviet rules against industrial action. >> translator: i hope the company will grant our request. if they don't, we will have to consider taking further steps. >> reporter: the government's response was swift and strong. 29 chinese strikers were deported. five leading members were arrested. one received a six-week prison sentence. the rare instance of labor and rest grabbed public attention. >> the whole thing that's happening with the chinese, it is kind of like, you know, freak thing that happened. >> reporter: singapore's 5.3 million residents, low-wage foreign workers account for one in six people. workers from china have been favored for their low-wage demands. they also share cultural heritage with singaporia
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